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Indian PM Modi conferred Guard of Honor

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KATHMANDU — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with the Guard of Honor at the VVIP lounge of the Sainik Manch, Tundikhel on Friday.

Nepal Army offered a 19-gun salute in honor of Prime Minister Modi.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Kathmandu on completion of his Janakpur visit.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali received the visiting Prime Minister at the VVIP bay of Tribhuvan International Airport.

Earlier in Janakpur, visiting Indian Prime Minister witnessed Nepal’s overwhelming welcome with three 121 kgs of garlands and civic felicitation. Another civic felicitation is planned by Kathmandu Metropolitan City for Modi.

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Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Modi jointly flagged off Janakpur-Ayodhya bus and inaugurated the Ramayan Circuit. Modi also pledged INR 100 crore to develop infrastructures for the same.

The visiting Indian Prime Minister will pay a courtesy call on Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun after which he will head towards Sheetal Niwas to call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will then welcome his Indian Counterpart at The Dwarika’s Hotel where both the sides will hold talks concerning matters of mutual interest.

Modi will the meet former Prime Ministers, Federal Ministers before attending a dinner reception hosted in his honour by Prime Minister Oli before calling it a day.

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US to provide 4 Sky Trucks to Nepal Army

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KATHMANDU — The government of the United States is providing four Sky Trucks, light cargo and passenger aircraft, to the Nepal Army for rescue and disaster response efforts.

Two of the four Sky Trucks that will arrive in Kathmandu by 2020. Those two aircrafts will be newly manufactured while the rest will be refurbished aircraft.

The Army is running short of aircraft, with just around a dozen of heavy, medium, and light transport helicopters comprising its fleet.

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According to the US Embassy in Nepal, the value of the four aircraft is $35.5 million.

The US government had pledged the aid during an outgoing Chief of Army Staff Rajendra Chhetri’s visit to the United States in April 2016. The US government, during Chhetri’s visit to the US, had pledged to provide Nepal Army with four aircraft within two years.

During his farewell speech on August 8, Chhetri highlighted the US support as one of the significant achievements of his tenure.

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